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When Benefits Are Reckoned Absent Their Costs, Policy Becomes Deranged

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:


Attempting to justify Pres. Biden’s mandate that many employers require that their employees be vaccinated or be tested weekly for Covid-19, Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declared that “This is about saving people’s lives … and making sure that their workplace is safe” (“Federal Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Biden Administration Vaccine Rules for Private Employers,” Nov. 6).

Well. By this logic, if Biden mandated a maximum speed limit for motor vehicles of zero mph, his spokespeople would justify the policy by saying that “This is about saving people’s lives and making sure their roads are safe.”

Why does anyone take such people seriously?

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030